Downtown Funk feat. JC, DJ Soup & Benny Hinn [FRIDAY – 09.10.2015]
Yo, it’s time to get our funk on this Friday with a few premium selector’s who have some of the finest 45 records goin’ round…
JC grew up in London exposed to the sound of mainstream popular music. It wasn’t until 1982 when a friend introduced JC to ‘Planet Rock’ by Afrika Bambaataa that his love affair with Electro Funk, Hip Hop and vinyl began. “I started doing odd jobs and saving money so I could purchase vinyl and started collecting as much Hip Hop records as I could. At the age of 16 I got my first set of turntables, they were a very old set of decks and mixer combined in one large ‘coffin’ style case – we are talking old school!”
By the time JC hit 18, he was running a mobile disco that lasted three years, playing in local bars, birthday parties and weddings alongside his best friend at the time. After many years playing odd events, and Djing at parties, John moved to Sydney in 1995, learning about the Australian music scene landing himself various DJ parties, eventually playing at the after party for the ‘Take It to The Bridge’ boat party in Sydney 2001. Later in 2001 went to live in Dublin, Ireland for two years, JC hosted a radio show in Dublin for 14 months called the “All Funked Up Show” on Jazz FM 89.8, in addition to DJing at events. His show not only attracted an enormous following, but also sparked his love for radio broadcasting.
JC returned to Australia in 2003 playing out at various venues, scoring a weekly radio show on Bondi FM called ‘The Funkdafied Show’ which he hosted for 7.5 years. In that time, JC secured interviews with elite musicians/DJs including Norman Jay, Micheal Franti, Ohmega Watts and many more. JC currently hosts the Hardway Show on Eastside 89.7 FM every 3rd Saturday. You can get more info at www.eastsidefm.org, this is the premier radio station in Sydney playing Jazz and Soul music.
Over the past 9 years JC has played at every major venue in Sydney and held down several residencies, he has also played at several major festivals including Sydney Festival, Playground Weekender, Surry Hills Festival and more. He also DJs interstate regularly, over the last few years JC has had DJ support slots for artists including Soul II Soul, George Clinton & Parlaiment / Funkadelic, Kashmere Stage Band, Syl Johnson, Norman Jay, Mr Thing, Crazy P and many more. Aside from all the tours and special events, JC lends himself to DJing at corporate functions and private parties, as well as running the Promotion and Events Company Funkdafied that was formed in 2006.
With an exhaustive music collection that now spans Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat, Reggae, Hip Hop, Latin, Disco, House, D&B; JC is a DJ who can play many genres but always with the emphasis heavily on Funk, and keeping the dance floor rocking!
DJ SOUP //
DJ SOUP aka John Blake digs music. Some would say he has an obsession, he would say it wasa healthy one. He hunts for records, still buys cds and downloads files (legally). Soupconstructs music from fragments from all these mediums building a wave of sound.
Founding the Fonke Knomaads, Soup became producer, DJ and part time MC for the left field Sydney Hip-hop pioneers. They released a 5 track E.P. called “The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of…” on the now defunct label PoBoy records in 1992 .Soup!moved on to sign with influential Australian record label Creative Vibes . He soon released the groundbreaking Trip-Hop Album “Souperloops Soup coined the term sampology and his!tracks began popping up on several!international compilations!as well as having an album of the week on JJJ. This was the first local hip hop release to be given such an honour. The album was influential to bands such as The Resin Dogs, Pnau, Katalyst and Fretless.
Soup is currently signed to the reformed Creative Vibes which is now under the umbrella of MGM Groove Merchants and is soon to release a second E.P. He is also currently working with Hip Hop group 2UP on their new record.
Further releases include collaborations with Lebanese MC Sleek the Elite as well as providing some of the music for the 1st series of Fat Pizza, the mini album “Eclectro”, the feature length album “From Anuva Planet” featuring Swollen Members and Gift of Gab from Blakalicious and Beatroot released on Invada Records all gained album of the week honours on many community radio stations around Australia and high rotation on JJJ.
Soup has played at lots of Festivals including Vibes On A Summers Day, The Big Day Out, Livid, Field Day, Peats Ridge, Newtown and Surry Hills Festivals and Harvest Festival. Soup also djs regularly around Sydney and currently has residencies at The Civic Hotel, Black Penny, Miss Peaches, Tokyo Sing Song, The Cricketers Arm and The Taphouse.
His sets are always eclectic but the common thread is soul. His first love is funk and Soul but don’t be surprised to hear lots of different styles of music mixed and blended into his sets including Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Disco, Boogie, Psychedelic, House and Hiphop.
Soup is 200cm tall and has a deaf dog named Coconut.
BENNY HINN //
Benny Hinn (Daniel Robertson) began spinnin’ vinyl back in 01′ playing a range of phat funky house and some chunky big assed broken beats for the masses… Although now only 34, the Hinns has played at some of the finer establishments, parties and festivals around Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Spain, Wollongong and the South coast, gaining a rep az a bit of a party starter and one with some def skillz, finesse and sheer artistry on a pair of 1200s.
The Hinn has also toured with the MOS Label for an Annual release and has supported many artists such as, The Stanton Warriors, Freq Nasty, Krafty Kuts, A.Skillz, Jay Jay, Sneaky Sound System, The Resin Dogs, Katalyst, Sarah Love, Shortee Blitz, Frenzie, Total Eclipse, Mr. Doris, Cool Hand Luke, Normski, DJ Katch, DJ A.$.K, DJ KC, Edseven, Inkswel, Omegaman, Busta, Koolism, [love] Tattoo, Mark Dynamix, Ajax [RIP], Bang Gang, Goodwill, Alex Taylor, Funktrust, Purple Sneaker DJs + many many more…
Benny has also been dipping into a little production here and there with a few little mashes and beats all up on his soundcloud page.
His latest venture has been building and establishing PLAY BAR SYDNEY. After drawing inspiration from his last stint in Melbourne and meeting his partner & co-owner Sarah, the two worked hard to build what they hope to be for many years to come, an institution that brings decent music into Surry Hills Sydney. He has programmed every bit of music that has come through the venue and supported a huge range of hiphop, breakbeat DJs and just awesome beat-makers and producers both local and abroad…
WHAT: DOWNTOWN FUNK feat. JC (FUNKDAFIED), DJ SOUP & BENNY HINN
WHEN: FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER 2015
4PM-MIDNIGHT | MUSIC KICKS AT 6PM | HAPPY HOUR 6-8PM
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
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